|Riders gather at the Joan of Arc Statue|
The group consisted of a good mix of both veteran and first time randonneurs, who braved the chilly early morning temperatures as they headed out from the Joan of Arc statue near the Philadelphia Museum of Art into the north western suburbs. By the time riders returned to the finish at the Stone Age in America statue most of those early morning layers had been shed, as temperatures became much more mild throughout the day.
The "new to PA Randonneurs" course provided a very good introduction to the many new randonneurs in attendance. With staffed, information, post card, and even a secret control, the riders got to experience every type of control they will come across in longer brevets. Judging by the smiles and comments of the finishers as they rolled in, the course was well received. Observant riders might have noticed a continuation of the honoring women theme though careful examination of the post cards mailed at the West Point Post Office controle.
Post ride festivities were graciously hosted by CJ Arayata and Natalie Felice, who live near the finish. All of those who could make to their house had a great time recapping the day and making plans for future brevets. A few have already signed up for next weekend's Pagoda 200k.
CJ Arayata has posted a shared photo album where you can stash any additional pictures from the event.
Rider Jim Moore produced a nice video that allows you to relive the experience.
PA Rando veteran Shawn Boyles had this to say of the day: Thanks again for organizing a ride here in Philadelphia. It was great to ride familiar roads with the PA Rando crew. I hope everyone enjoyed the event. Many thanks to all the volunteers along with CJ and Woody for opening their home up to us. Shawn had a hand in the route as he was one of the early voices asking for an event starting in the city.
First-time randonneuse Andrea Mules had this to say about the day: The PA Rando crew is so incredibly warm and welcoming and it was very exciting to join a local ~100k! The route was top notch, and the section between Evansburg and Ambler was probably my favorite section of rollers all day. Perfect weather and great riding companions. Biggest of ups to the folks at the Secret Controle. Those cookies really brought me home to the finish. A cold beer never tasted as good as the one at the afterparty hosted by CJ and Woody. Stoked to do another one of the shorter rando rides with everyone!
Another first-time, Matt Harman writes: Thank y'all for doing what y'all do. What a wonderful ride, website and company. Thanks for hosting a ride leaving and returning to Philly. I recognize from conversations yesterday this starting location can be limiting. The route was a wonderful way to become acquainted with PA R.
Matt, like many other of the Philadelphia-based riders, lives car-free. which makes starts in Easton or Lancaster difficult. Carpools anyone?
|Pat Gaffney at the finish.|
|Secret Sues at the Cemetery|
Next up is the beginning of the ACP SR Series, the Pagoda 200 on March 14.
- Event Organizer
- Eastern PA RBA